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Identity

The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment
Written by: Francis Fukuyama
Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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The New York Times best-selling author of The Origins of Political Order offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics: its origins, its effects, and what it means for domestic and international affairs of state 

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatened to destabilize the entire international order. These populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to “the people”, who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the population as a whole. 

Demand for recognition of one’s identity is a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in world politics today. The universal recognition on which liberal democracy is based has been increasingly challenged by narrower forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, or gender, which have resulted in anti-immigrant populism, the upsurge of politicized Islam, the fractious “identity liberalism” of college campuses, and the emergence of white nationalism. Populist nationalism, said to be rooted in economic motivation, actually springs from the demand for recognition and therefore cannot simply be satisfied by economic means. The demand for identity cannot be transcended; we must begin to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy. 

Identity is an urgent and necessary book - a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continuing conflict. 

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©2018 Francis Fukuyama (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Shahin
  • 2018-09-19

Robotic narrator

Book content was excellent, but the gentleman narrating it for audible audiobook version read it like a robot reads an official memo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-13

Good one if ur new to Fukuyama

Nice book only if u r new to Fukuyama but if u have read his others books then I think he is not offering that much of new thing other than repacking his idea

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  • Brad
  • 2018-11-14

Important Book; Destroyed.

If you can withstand unbearably horrible narration; narration so incredibly bad that you almost can't believe it; narration that gives rise to homicidal thoughts that you didn't even know you were capable of; narration that makes you long for (1) a chalkboard to scrape your fingernails on while (2) shooting your brains out with a very strong gun, then this is the audiobook for you.
As far as books go, it's good. It's good in terms of being read - by you... not by this horrible, bad, in need of reprimand, so bad you can't believe it's possible, so called narrator. Dear GOD! WHY! Oh Audible... Please find someone... anyone... to re-read this. The book is too good to be destroyed by such an amazingly horrible narrator. Jeez.......

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  • Bob H
  • 2019-02-20

Opinions from an ivory tower

The world, as observed from an ivory tower.

Also: Orange man bad.

Also: Fukuyama still salty that he was mocked for the End of History notion.

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  • Armand Jarri
  • 2019-02-15

Poorly developed thesis

Written in a typical Fukuyama style: broad brush of history but without attention to details. I got the impression that the writer didn't do much research and he just jumped to a conclusion. Indeed it reads like a concluding chapter , but where is the thesis?

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  • Russell
  • Carlsbad, CA, United States
  • 2019-01-24

A cogent narrative of how we got to now

Fukuyama puts an interesting historical/political frame around the last few hundred years. A very worthwhile read. I have read Yuval Noah Harari, Jared Diamond, and Siddhartha Mukherjee. If you enjoyed their books, you'll likely enjoy this. This book puts a narrative structure around what we have observed in our politics recently and will make a lot of seemingly disparate things in your head click into place.

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  • amudyfir
  • 2018-12-30

Essential book!

A great book for anyone looking to understand the roots of many political disagreements in the world today.

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  • Duke of Waiheke
  • 2018-12-23

A badly needed affirmation of liberal democracy.

Francis Fukuyama outlines the challenges faced by liberal democracy in the age of identity politics. He also makes the point that identity can also be used to bolster liberal democracy.

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  • Douglas
  • 2018-12-13

Great book, not a fan of the voice talent thought.

A well thought through book on an important issue. I greatly enjoyed the authors insightful and well informed point of view on identy politics and its growing impact on society broadly.

I can't however say the same for the voice acting which I found wooden and snooty.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-11

Great audio book

I loved the book, the narration was superb. I'm buying the printing version, it is that good.